Perkins Township axes seven employees

Perkins Township trustees voted Monday night to cut seven people from their employment roster.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 28, 2013

Four full-time police officers and three full-time highway workers will be laid off as of Feb. 9.*

Trustees unanimously made the decision at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The township faces a financial crisis resulting from decreases in property values and local government funding and a failed November tax levy.

Officials hope these cuts and a second try at the levy in May will pull the township out of its financial tailspin.

*An early version of this story had an incorrect effective date for the layoffs.

For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

Comments

eriemom

The joke is really that some can have an adult conversation. The answer can never be raise taxes? The stupid party continues.........

My grocery bill has gone up, so we should make the workers at Meijers take a pay cut. How does that make any sense?

Perkins2060

An adult would know the difference between private and public sector.

eriemom

An adult would also know what that difference is. Do you? I think that both earn a pay check, pay bills and raise families. Why do you think that you have the right to degrade one sector employee and not the other. Well, maybe you degrade both--working class people in general.

EZOB

Hire these seven guys back add one more policeman and two township workers. Lay off a dozen firemen and we'd be way ahead. Remember all the "support the fire levy signs last November? Yeah, they got theirs, now they'll forget about the police and township worker unless they start feeling guilty. Separate the firemen from the rescue. We are way over staffed at the firehouse for the services rendered. By the way, How's that new police station working out for us. Nice new station and no cops, consolidation in the near future.

goodtime1212

EZOB how many firefighter are there on duty everyday?

samiam

The fire dept levy cannot be used for anything except fire dept expenses, just like the road & bridge, gasoline and license plate tax can only be used for highway expenses. Money generated by the fire levy cannot be used for police, highway or any other township expenses.

whocares

The private sector has been loosing jobs and taking pay cuts for years. Now the Government sector has to do it, and its a problem. Government jobs do not create new tax dollors.

donutshopguy

If the federal government tries to get a handle on their debt the first reductions in entitlement will be to the states. The states will then pass this process down to the counties and the cities. The county and the cities will then go to the taxpayers to make up the difference.

The process of reducing our debt on all levels of government will be on the back of government funded employees and taxpayers. Our government is a service industry. They produce nothing to make money.

It's a simple decision. Increase taxes or cut services. (services are people)

oldpirate

This isn't rocket science. Simple, if you value services in the township vote for the levy. If services aren't important vote no. All the other crap is meaningless. Make an adult decision. I vote yes.

Dont Worry Be Happy

And i vote yes...safety comes first!!!

wiredmama222

I really wonder how the Twsp can afford not to ask their police to forgo ticket writing when they could be getting $250 for a ticket on parking in a handicap spot at Kroger. This is a sore spot with me....a big one.

Saturday night we needed to go get groceries and since it was the only time we could go, we went rather late. It was snowing and at 9 pm we went to Kroger. I have a disability sticker as I have a lot of metal in my back, I have lupus and an artificial right knee. My doctor gave that thing to me three years ago. Sometimes I really need it, like when the weather gets bad. I do not use it every time I park, but I do when the weaher is killing my body. On Saturday I needed to use it.

We parked and two young kids without a sticker or any parking notice pulled in right next to us. There were quite a few cars in that parking lot and more elderly people there than I thought would be out on a cold and snowy night. The young man jumped out of his sporty care and sprinted into Kroper. The girl stayed in the car. I got out of our car and the first thing I did was looked for the placard in his car....not one to be seen. None in the window..none on the license plate.

There was a nice little old lady (older than me) walking past the cars. She had to park in a non handicap spot further down . That just frosted my last cup cake. I have had enough of this stuff. My fuse lit, I walked back to the car and tapped on the window. The girl looked over and rolled down the drivers window. I asked her if she had a "handicap sign" and did she know that she was parked in a handicap spot?". She looked at me and asked if I was a cop? I said no, but I was about to call one and did she know it was going to cost her $250 for parking there".

I walked away. She jumped into the drivers seat and moved that car in the time it took me to walk to the front of Krogers. By that time the police got there, her "boyfriend" had come out and they took off. I couldn' remember the entire license plate so they couldn't track him to give hem a ticket. The officer was really nice and we chatterd awhile. We thanked the officer and he left.

When we finished shopping and came out we had put the groceries in the car and here comes spoiled brat number 2....a truck driving smarty who parked next to us. He too had no sticker. He jumped out of his truck and went in. This time a Perkins officer was in the parking lot so we reported it to him The officer drives over, inspects the truck and sits there for all of 5 minutes......then LEAVES. He did nothing about issuing a ticket. He just LEAVES. There goes $250 the township could have had in fines. Now maybe it isn't a fortune, but its $250 they didn't have 5 minutes before. All because the officer didn't wait for this kid to come out.

My husband and I joked that he must have found out the donuts were done somewhere.

No wonder Perkins is low on funds. I think I will move to Perkins. The police just leave when there are tickets to give out. I can deal with that one. It sure beats Sandusky. They don't miss a chance to write one out. That bothers me a LOT. But then, Sandusky needs the money. Oh, wait, so does Perkins.

Mum-of-One

Not all disabilities are visible?

wiredmama222

They still have to have a placqurd or sticker....and they didn't

samiam

Perhaps he was called away on a more urgent call. He has the license plate number and might mail them a ticket. I would love to see them start ticketing the cars parked in the fire lane in front of the store, whether there are people in them waiting for someone to come out of the store or "just to return a movie to Redbox".

wiredmama222

You and me both. I watched some poor man try to move his car out of his parking place just today and he couldn't because someone parked right behind him. Again, right behind the handicap spot. He got out and left his car sit there while he went inside. The man had to wait until thie other man came out and moved his car from the fire lane. You would think Kroger or the fire chief would do something about it, wouldn't you?

CelindaB

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